Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Empty-Nested Truth

Just in case I don't have time to read the whole newspaper, I make sure to read my favorite page first.... the comics. And one of my favorite comics ~ often funny, often poignant ~ is Arlo and Janis.

In case you don't know Arlo and Janis, they are a couple whose son, Gene, grew up, as kidlets are wont to do, right before our eyes. Last year Gene went off to college, and like all good kidlets, came home for the summer. Well, summer vacation is over, and it's time for Gene to go back to college, prompting this from Arlo:

"I thought when Gene went away to school, we'd get our lives back. In reality, those lives, those people, were long gone. If anything, we got our lives back when he came home this summer."

And that is the truth. Looks like I'm never gonna get my life back.


grammaw marina said...

It's time to catch up on some great books you missed out on while raising the fledglings - Sometimes I find one that I can't put down and once in a while a whole book can be gulped in one day! That's the most fun a human is capable of having.

jlbo1981 said...

The nest seems to never feel full again....but, when those kidlets come home with their kidlets, that has got to be awesome because now the nest is twice as full.;)